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Appointments: Era of godfatherism is over

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the era of godfatherism is over in deciding appointments into key positions at the federal level.

The minister gave the indication at a thanksgiving reception by the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Culture, Ms Grace Gekpe, on Sunday in Abuja.

Mohammed, who was represented by Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), stated that appointment to positions in the Federal Government “is strictly by merit’’.

“Gone are those days when people were appointed into positions by other factors apart from merit.

“Most of us must have heard that the new permanent secretaries were asked to write examination; Gekpe was one of the very few that scaled through the examination.

“Gekpe is a shining and beautiful woman. That could have earned her the appointment, but not under this regime of Change.

“She is a permanent secretary by virtue of hard work, merit and because she has a lot of things to offer,’’ he said.

The minister said that the ministry was proud of Gekpe, satisfied with her appointment and wished her all the best.

Mohammed underscored the need for improved funding for the Ministry of Information and Culture and its parastatal agencies.

“The Ministry of Information and Culture has a very big responsibility and there is the need for sufficient funding for it and its agencies.

“The government is doing a lot of things, but it is being misrepresented by naysayers.

“This is the time that the government needed to raise an army of competent information managers to counter the false and negative narratives about the administration,’’ he said.

He also underscored the need for upward review of the retirement age of journalists working in the Ministry of Information.

“They are like judges and university professors; like old wine, they get better with age,’’ he added.

The minister also advised the permanent secretary to revisit the abandoned media salary structure in order to ensure that government media professionals earn living wage.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, said the position of permanent secretary “is the highest level any civil servant can dream to reach in the public service’’.

She enjoined Gekpe to present her life and tenure to God for wisdom and guidance and as well show understanding and loyalty to her minister and the administration.

Oyo-Ita said: “She is called to serve the nation and in doing this, she should face her duties with dignity, integrity and understanding that this is a government of change, it cannot be business as usual.

“She has to be an epitome of incorruptibility, she should be efficient, productive, and be a citizen centred- permanent secretary’’.

In a brief remark, Gekpe said her appointment was a call to serve the country.

She pledged to discharge her responsibilities with the fear of God and in support of the government’s programmes.

“I will put in my best to assist my immediate boss, the minister, and the government at large to achieve the agenda set for the country,’’ she said.

NAN reports that a thanksgiving service was held at the Living Faith Church, Jahi District, before the reception.

The event was attended by heads of parastatals and agencies in the Ministry of Information and Culture and representatives of the Government of Cross River.

NAN

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Review retirement age of journalists – Minister

Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed has underscored the need for upward review of the retirement age of journalists working in the ministry.

“They are like judges and university professors; like old wine, they get better with age,’’ he added.

The minister also considers the need to revisit the abandoned media salary structure in order to ensure that government media professionals earn living wage.

At a thanksgiving reception by the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Culture, Ms Grace Gekpe, on Sunday in Abuja, he underscored the need for improved funding for the ministry and its agencies.

Mohammed, who was represented by Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the ministry has a very big responsibility and there was the need for sufficient funding.

“The government is doing a lot of things, but it is being misrepresented by naysayers.

“This is the time that the government needed to raise an army of competent information managers to counter the false and negative narratives about the administration,’’ he said.

Praising the appointment of Gekpe, he said that the era of godfatherism in deciding appointments into key positions at the federal level was over.

Mohammed stated that appointment to positions in the Federal Government “is strictly by merit’’.

“Gone are those days when people were appointed into positions by other factors apart from merit.

“Most of us must have heard that the new permanent secretaries were asked to write examination; Gekpe was one of the very few that scaled through the examination.

“Gekpe is a shining and beautiful woman. That could have earned her the appointment, but not under this regime of Change.

“She is a permanent secretary by virtue of hard work, merit and because she has a lot of things to offer,’’ he said.

The minister said that the ministry was proud of Gekpe, satisfied with her appointment and wished her all the best.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who attended the reception, said the position of permanent secretary “is the highest level any civil servant can dream to reach’’.

She enjoined Gekpe to present her life and tenure to God for wisdom and guidance and as well show understanding and loyalty to her minister and the administration.

“She is called to serve the nation and in doing this, she should face her duties with dignity, integrity and understanding that this is a government of change, it cannot be business as usual.

“She has to be an epitome of incorruptibility, she should be efficient, productive, and be a citizen centred- permanent secretary’’.

In a brief remark, Gekpe said her appointment was a call to serve and pledged to discharge her responsibilities with the fear of God and in support of the government’s programmes.

“I will put in my best to assist my immediate boss, the minister, and the government at large to achieve the agenda set for the country,’’ she said.

NAN

No FEC meeting tomorrow: Lai Mohammed

The weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting will not hold tomorrow. This is official.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the meeting will not hold because the Eid-el-KABIR holiday deprived the ministers adequate  time to prepare the documents for the meeting.

In a statement issued in Kano on Tuesday, the Minister said the two-day public holidays declared for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations left little or no time to prepare for the weekly meeting.

Last week when the meeting held, the Federal Government approved the Mambilla  hydro project that will be handled by a consortium of Chinese companies at a cost of $5.79billion.

NAN

Lai Mohammed refutes news of Buhari US trip credited to him

Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed says a parody Twitter account in his name @MohammedLai was used to spread the fake and ludicrous news claiming President Muhammadu Buhari is due to leave Nigeria for the US on Monday to “condole with President Trumping over the floods in Houston.”

The tweet has garnered 263 comments and been retweeted 109 times.

Mohammed says he doesn’t have any twitter or Facebook account, but at least have created with various combinations of his name, all asserting they are parody accounts for the information minister.

The same parody account used to spread news about the President’s purported trip was also used to circulate a fake report that the minister sharply criticized Senator Dino Melaye for attending the Notting Hill Carnival in the UK.

Mohammed said both instances highlight dangers posed by purveyors of fake news and disinformation.

A separate old NTA News video is also on social media, claiming the President has already left for the UN General Assembly in New York.

Mohammed said it is an old video from 2015 repackaged to look recent and give the impression the President has left Daura, where he is observing Eid, directly for New York.

‘Fake news, disinformation and hate speech are the antics of the naysayers, those who are pathologically opposed to this Administration. That is why we are urging Nigerians to be more discerning and to double check any information emanating from social media,” Mohammed said.

The tweets parodying Lai Mohammed

At least six parody Twitter accounts in Mohammed’s name are up and busy, amassing followers, retweets and replies by the thousands.

Here are recent parody tweets in the name of Mohammed.

President Buhari leaves Nigeria on Monday, September 4, 2017 for a trip to the USA to condole President Trump over the floods in Houston.

— Alhaji Lai Mohammed (@MohammedLai) September 3, 2017

Just look at this clown; Senator Dino Melaye at the Notting Hill carnival in London, performing his favourite song “Ajekun Iya”. pic.twitter.com/XlbkMXc54P

— Alhaji Lai Mohammed (@MohammedLai) August 29, 2017

In case you missed it,PMB received our female National Basketball Team, D’Tigress,at the State House.10 million for their account.Fine gals pic.twitter.com/q9ZVbQ9Vse

— Alhaji Lai Mohammed (@MohammedLai) August 31, 2017

President @MBuhari just called me from his office in London and he didn’t sound like he’s been away on medical holiday. #HeIsClearlyOnGround

— Lai Mohammed (@Mohammed_Lai) August 2, 2017

Fellow Nigerians, President Buhari will approve the implementation of the 50400 minimum wage as soon as he resumes work Tomorrow

— Lai Mohammed (@LaiMohammed1) April 30, 2017

I’m the minister of information, I’m meant to give you information i do my job well but Nigerians are complaining… why??

— Alh. Lai Mohammed (@LieMohammed) July 7, 2017

Ehennn…na wa o. People wil just be creating fake twitter handles and tweeting fake things about me. There is God o. Only mumu will believe

— Lai Mohammed (@Alh_LaiMohammed) July 31, 2017

Our Government is not supporting Herdsmen, the grass we shall be importing from Brazil will be eaten by Cows not the Herdsmen. Be guided. https://t.co/vWkFbapt2n

— Alhaji Lai Mohammed (@AlhLai_Mohammed) October 26, 2016

Source: Daily trust

BBOG Group Gives Conditions For Joining Military On Sambisa Tour

The #BringBackOurGirls group has outlined a set of conditions to be met by the Nigerian government before accepting its invitation for a trip into Sambisa forest. The government had asked Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of the advocacy group, to nominate three of their members to join the military on a guided trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.


by Ben Ezeamalu


The #BringBackOurGirls group has outlined a set of conditions to be met by the Nigerian government before accepting its invitation for a trip into Sambisa forest.

The government had asked Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of the advocacy group, to nominate three of their members to join the military on a guided trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.

In a letter dated January 11th and signed by Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, the government said the trip would avail the BBOG group the opportunity to witness and better understand the efforts being made to secure the freedom of the abducted girls.

The letter said the trip, planned by the military, would see invited BBOG members and a select group of journalists joining the ministers of defence and information, the Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Army Staff for the tour.

“They will first go to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Command Centre in Yola to witness firsthand the efforts being made to search for the girls by NAF and then join the day and night sorties with the BAF to the Sambisa Forest,” the letter said.

Responding to the invitation, the BBOG group said its members unanimously agreed that they were open to exploring the opportunity.

“We had an emergency meeting of our Movement to discuss your invitation to embark on a ‘guided tour’ of the Nigerian Air Force Command (Yola) and Sambisa Forest with officials of the government,” the group stated in their letter dated January 13th and signed by Mrs. Ezekwesili.

“However, before proceeding with further discussion on the proposed visit, we propose a pre-tour meeting to discuss pertinent issues that will help inform our decision to proceed.

“We believe that this prior meeting would help provide first-hand knowledge of, and answers to questions that our movement wishes to raise ahead of the guided visit.”

The group proposed that participants at the meeting include the National Security Adviser, the Minister of Defence, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Chief of Air Force.

The group accused the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, of endorsing a statement by “a certain group” visiting him which described the BBOG movement as engaging in “social media terrorism”.

“It is puzzling that the reported said visit happened less than 48 hours before our Movement received your letter asking us to travel in the company of the same Chief of Army Staff to Sambisa Forest,” the group stated.

“We demand therefore that ahead of the pre-tour meeting we have proposed herein, that the Chief of Army Staff retracts and apologizes for endorsing such slanderous attacks against our Movement #BringBackOurGirls and specifically at some of our leaders.

“Such a step would communicate that it is with goodwill that the Federal Government is asking us to entertain the visit proposed in your letter.”

More than 200 girls were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in April 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents.

For nearly three years, the BBOG group has sustained itd advocacy for the safe return of the girls to their families.